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Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site, 2620 S. Roan Street, Johnson City
The 2013 Sorghum and Scutching Festival will be held at Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The highlight of each year’s festival is watching sorghum cane being processed into molasses using a mule-powered mill and visitors are welcome to strip cane and help with the process. A new addition to the festival this year is Bear Anderson, a Jonesborough woodworker who will be demonstrating on site. Visitors will also be able to observe flax scutching demonstrations in which flax straw is broken and the outer husk is removed. Additional festival activities include open hearth cooking, basketry, carding and spinning wool, and other historic-based crafts. Adults and children are invited to participate in any of the crafts. For a small fee, delicious homemade soup beans, hoe cakes, desserts and drinks will be served. Visitors can also try the Tipton Haynes sorghum pie, a special recipe developed specifically for the event. The 2013 Sorghum and Scutching Festival is FREE to all visitors and families, groups, and individuals are invited to come and learn more about the heritage of our area. For additional information, please call (423) 926-3631. Tipton-Haynes is located in south Johnson City, exit 24 off I-26 and follow the signs to 2620 South Roan Street.